Special Area Deer Permits Available
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, leftover lottery deer permits for special areas will be available beginning Oct. 27 for the following zones: 37, 52, 57, 58, 61, and 67. Permits will be available from 9 a.m. - noon and from 1 - 4 p.m. at selected Division field offices. Sales locations vary according to zone. In addition, Zone 59 permits will be available from 10 a.m. – noon on Nov. 23 at the Supawna Wildlife Refuge only. These permit sales will enable hunters who did not apply for a permit, were not selected in the lottery, or who wish to obtain an extra permit the opportunity to do so.
Hunters are reminded that they are limited to purchasing one permit per season per zone this year. This means that a qualified hunter may possess one bow, one muzzleloader and one shotgun permit for a specific zone. Hunters may not have two of the same season permits for the same zone.
Anyone interested in purchasing a permit must bring their 2003 hunting license and cash or check for $28. Youth hunters must bring their youth license, hunter education certificate or previous year’s youth license and cash or check for $12 per permit.
Hunters should also note that the zones involved are all “Special Areas” and as such, many have mandatory orientation sessions or registration periods.
Fort Dix (Zones 37 and 52):
Zone 37: Permits remain for the Bow, Shotgun and Muzzleloader Seasons.
Zone 52: Less than 25 bow permits and less than 5 shotgun permits remain. Muzzleloader permits are also available.
All permits for Fort Dix will be available at the Division's Central Region Office located on the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 1 Eldridge Road in Robbinsville, Monmouth County.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Zones 57 and 58):
Zone 57: There are less than 5 shotgun permits and less than 20 muzzleloader permits available. Bow permits are also available.
Zone 58: Less than 5 muzzleloader permits are left.
All refuge permits will be available at the Division’s Nacote Creek Research Station located two miles north of Smithville on Rt. 9 in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. First time refuge hunters must attend one of four scheduled mandatory orientation sessions. All permits must be validated by the refuge prior to hunting. For more information, refer to the 2003 Hunting Issue of the NJ Fish and Wildlife Digest.
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (Zone 59):
There are less than 5 muzzleloader permits available. Shotgun permits are still available. Permits will be on sale from 10 a.m. to noon at the mandatory orientation session scheduled for November 23. Permits will also be available at the refuge office, 197 Lighthouse Road in Pennsville, Salem County. For directions and additional information, call the refuge at (856) 935-1487.
Atlantic County Park System (Zone 61):
Less than 20 permits are left for the Bow and the Muzzleloader Seasons. Shotgun permits are also available. Permits will be on sale at the Division’s Nacote Creek Research Station only.
High Point State Park (Zone 67): Muzzleloader permits will be available at two locations: the Division’s Northern Region Office located on Highway 173 West in Hampton, Hunterdon County and the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center located nine miles west of Hackettstown on Rt. 46 in Oxford, Warren County.
For more information, call the 24-hour computerized Permit Hotline at (609) 292-9192.